Breivik to appeal call for new psychiatric exam
Norway

Breivik to appeal call for new psychiatric exam

The lawyer of the gunman who killed 77 people in twin attacks in Norway said on Wednesday he would appeal a court order for a new psychiatric exam of his client, who has already been found criminally insane.

Switzerland wants to ease banking secrecy
Switzerland

Switzerland wants to ease banking secrecy

Switzerland is considering new legislation to ease banking secrecy in a bid to fight money laundering, the police and justice department said on Wednesday.

Davos supremo wants new model for capitalism
Switzerland

Davos supremo wants new model for capitalism

The founder and organiser of the World Economic Forum, the annual gathering in Davos of the world's political and business elite, said Wednesday that capitalism needs a complete overhaul.

‘We were all supposed to die’: mother
Sweden

‘We were all supposed to die’: mother

The trial against the 31-year-old mother charged with murdering her two sons by pushing them in the water and watching them drown opened in Sweden on Wednesday.

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Switzerland

Woman murdered as police listened on phone

The trial has begun in Lausanne of a man who stabbed his wife 35 times and slit her throat, just moments after she had called the police to report a suspected case of domestic violence next door.

Oslo wants more done to save the whalers
Norway

Oslo wants more done to save the whalers

Norwegian authorities called Wednesday on the country's whaling industry to counter the dramatic drop over the past decade in the number of boats partaking in the annual whale hunts.

Germans join internet blackout protest
Germany

Germans join internet blackout protest

German political and tech groups blacked out their websites on Wednesday, in support of protests against proposed American laws critics say could hamper the free exchange of information online.

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Sweden

Activist jailed after writing threats in blood

The 22-year-old animal rights activist, suspected of arson and of writing threatening letters, sometimes penned in his own blood, has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Paris welcomes couture and menswear shows
France

Paris welcomes couture and menswear shows

Paris once more turns fashion capital of the world for a week starting Wednesday, playing host to menswear shows before haute couture's heady mix of craft and luxury casts its spell over the city.

DSK wife: ‘I’m neither a saint nor a victim’
France

DSK wife: ‘I’m neither a saint nor a victim’

Anne Sinclair, the wife of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has been speaking about the ordeal the couple faced when he was arrested on sexual assault charges as well as her new journalistic venture.

Does citizenship really matter?
Sweden

Does citizenship really matter?

As Sweden looks for ways to make Swedish citizenship “more meaningful” and a tool to help integration, it begs the question as to what citizenship means in the first place.

Sweden launches new Wallenberg investigation
Sweden

Sweden launches new Wallenberg investigation

The Swedish foreign ministry announced on Wednesday that a new probe into the fate of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who vanished after being taken into custody by Soviet Union soldiers 67 years ago.

German firms ‘still failing to promote women’
Germany

German firms ‘still failing to promote women’

German firms are failing to put more women in top jobs, a new study shows – despite figures demonstrating that companies with women managers perform better than those run only by men.

Pony kicks escaped cheetah in face
Germany

Pony kicks escaped cheetah in face

A cheetah which escaped from its enclosure in a German zoo and attacked a pony is recovering in a cage after getting a hoof in the face.

Sleepy passenger causes Swiss train chaos
Switzerland

Sleepy passenger causes Swiss train chaos

A napping commuter passenger caused disruptions to 176 trains on Tuesday day when he pulled the emergency brake after missing his stop. 

At least two Germans killed in Ethiopia attack
Germany

At least two Germans killed in Ethiopia attack

At least two German tourists were killed on Tuesday in an attack on a group of foreigners visiting a remote part of Ethiopia, the German government confirmed on Wednesday.

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Switzerland

Swiss league kicks out Neuchatel Xamax

The Swiss Football League (SFL) announced on Wednesday it has revoked the playing licence of beleaguered club Neuchatel Xamax, excluding the side from SFL matches.

Abandoned boy ‘not abandoned’: prosecutor
Sweden

Abandoned boy ‘not abandoned’: prosecutor

Prosecutors have closed the case of the child left behind by his father at a sporting hall for ‘playing badly’ in a floorball game, after the investigation showed he was never left in the first place.

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Sweden

Swedish docs deny transsexual’s boob job

A Swedish transsexual has reported three plastic surgery clinics to Sweden's Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen – DO) after repeatedly being turned down for breast implant surgery.

The Local’s top ten German novelists
Germany

The Local’s top ten German novelists

In this week's Local List we run through our favourite German novelists. It was no mean feat to pick just 10 in a country which has produced arguably some of the world's most influential literature.

Addicts die after smoking pain-relief patches
Sweden

Addicts die after smoking pain-relief patches

After several deaths in southern Sweden have been linked to the use the drug fentanyl, a pain-relief patch meant for cancer patients, local police are now calling it the “most serious drug problem” in the area.

Sadist pimp ‘hurt women with his metal genitals’
Germany

Sadist pimp ‘hurt women with his metal genitals’

A sadistic pimp not only beat the women he forced into prostitution – he had turned his genitalia into a weapon with metal implants and used it to hurt them further, a court in Frankfurt has heard.

US embassy: ‘Don’t walk alone in Oslo at night’
Norway

US embassy: ‘Don’t walk alone in Oslo at night’

The United States embassy sent an email to US citizens in Oslo on Tuesday urging them to take extra care when out and about in the Norwegian capital after a spate of violent crimes in recent months.

Saab auctions off classic museum models
Sweden

Saab auctions off classic museum models

Bankrupt Swedish car company Saab is auctioning off the rare, collectable and classic cars on display in the Saab museum, as no buyer for the entire collection has been found.

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Sweden

Man charged for dragging dog to death

A man in Stockholm has been charged with animal cruelty for dragging a dog behind his car for several kilometres after forgetting he had tied it to his vehicle, according to newspaper Metro.

Why French children don’t throw food
France

Why French children don’t throw food

Spend some time in restaurants in France and you may notice a curious thing. French children are unlikely to be squealing about what’s on their plate or struggling to get out of their chairs.

Birth control pills help painful periods: study
Sweden

Birth control pills help painful periods: study

Researchers in Sweden have now proven what many women have long suspected about the pain relief powers of birth control pills.

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Switzerland

Donor mails $53,000 in cash to Swiss animal agency

An anonymous animal lover mailed 50,000 francs ($53,000) in cash to an animal protection agency to help finance a new visitors' centre, the group said on Tuesday.

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France

Presidential plane makes forced landing

The plane carrying President Nicolas Sarkozy was forced to make an emergency landing on Tuesday after a problem was detected with the aircraft's braking system.

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Norway

Norway offers 60 oil production licences

Norway's government offered on Tuesday 60 new oil and gas production licences to 42 energy companies in what it described as its biggest licensing round ever.

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Switzerland

Hong Kong police seek stolen $1.6 million ring

Hong Kong police said on Wednesday they were investigating the theft of a $1.6-million gem-encrusted ring reportedly left in a hotel washroom by co-president of Swiss jewellers Chopard.

The Artist star named Man of the Year
France

The Artist star named Man of the Year

Three days after winning a Golden Globe for his performance in silent film The Artist, Jean Dujardin has been named Man of the Year by French GQ magazine.

86 charged after massive booze smuggling probe
Sweden

86 charged after massive booze smuggling probe

More than 80 people were charged on Tuesday for participating in a comprehensive smuggling operation that brought huge quantities of alcohol purchased in Germany into Sweden.

Tropical island warmth – in icy Germany
Germany

Tropical island warmth – in icy Germany

The long, dark nights and short, chilly days of January in Germany can fuel dreams of running off to a tropical island. People living in or near Berlin can hop on the train and have a day out on one. Hannah Cleaver investigated.

Fined for insulting ‘crap bosses’ on Facebook
France

Fined for insulting ‘crap bosses’ on Facebook

A French court on Tuesday found a union delegate guilty of publicly insulting his call-centre employers by calling them "crap bosses" on Facebook.

Social Democrats affirm eurozone pact opposition
Sweden

Social Democrats affirm eurozone pact opposition

The Social Democrats remain opposed to having Sweden join the eurozone stability pact, while the Centre Party said on Wednesday it supported the deal "with conditions".

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France

Sarkozy ally charged in media spying scandal

A French judge on Tuesday charged a prosecutor close to President Nicolas Sarkozy with having illegally collected data on a journalist in the latest twist in a top-level spying and corruption scandal.

Sarkozy calls crisis job summit
France

Sarkozy calls crisis job summit

President Nicolas Sarkozy is gathering union and business leaders together on Wednesday for a crisis summit on the country's unemployment situation.

Football head: Gay players welcome
Germany

Football head: Gay players welcome

The head of the German Football Association has called on gay football stars to come out of the closet and openly declare their homosexuality.

Cost of nuke phase-out ‘could near €2 trillion’
Germany

Cost of nuke phase-out ‘could near €2 trillion’

Tech giant Siemens has warned that Germany’s nuclear phase-out could cost the country nearly €2 trillion by 2030, much higher than previously estimated.

Chinese poised to take German tourism crown
Germany

Chinese poised to take German tourism crown

Germans are world champions of travel, spending more than €60 billion on trips abroad last year – but the Chinese could soon overtake them, according to Commerzbank statistics released Tuesday.